E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. Research Library

Our research library provides access to an unrivaled collection of primary and secondary sources, including books and journals, manuscripts, maps, broadsides, and sheet music related to the history and culture of Virginia.  

A double-height research library with lamps on research tables, a patterned rug, book stacks, and a wall of windows.
Patron looks at a book from VMHC collections

The Reading Room

The Reading Room is open to all, from the curious visitor to the professional researcher. Our library collection is non-circulating and includes books from the Manuel G. Loupassi Library Stacks. All library materials may only be examined in the Reading Room. Researchers are able to request limited digital scans of portions of published works and manuscript collections for research purposes.

New Rare Book & Manuscript Suite and Study Room

Brockenbrough-Bryan Rare Book & Manuscript Suite

The Suite, including the Bryan Family Rare Book & Manuscript Study Room and Austin & Dorothy Meek Brockenbrough Rare Book & Manuscript Vault, is a state-of-the-art facility with specially designed security and fire protection housing the VMHC's most important collections.


We hope that you will find what you are looking for within our online catalogs or among our Research Resources, but if you are in need of additional assistance, please contact our research team at reference@VirginiaHistory.org or 804.342.9677.